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Leonard Bernstein Festival: "The Light of Reason" Performance: Glenn Kaino, The Burning Boards

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:30pm
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA
Event Description: 

When: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM Where: Rose Art Museum, Light of Reason

Description: Artist Glenn Kaino will visit Brandeis University for the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts to perform The Burning Boards: a unique chess competition in which thirty-two players, novice and expert, will compete using chess pieces made from burning candles.

As the pieces melt, shrink, and even become stuck to the board, opponents may choose to cooperate rather than let the flames get the best of them. “No matter what level of chess player you are, the fire becomes a meditation in a different way,” says Kaino.

Until now, The Burning Boards has been performed only three times: at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Orange County Museum in California, and at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, where players included GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Levon Aronian, Curator Shannon Bailey, and Museum Director Paul Ha. This first outdoor performance of The Burning Boards brings local players, artists and thinkers together outside of the Rose Art Museum on the site of Chris Burden’s Light of Reason - itself a grand structure reminiscent of a game board - to literally illuminate the darkness where the lamplight fades. Together, the performance and its setting exemplify the theme of this year’s festival: Find Your Light.

Cost: Free.